All about My Reading Life: A Book Journal

Readers, I have some big news and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share it. My next book My Reading Life: A Book Journal, is coming your way on September 7, 2021. (Update: the situation in the Suez Canal this spring impacted numerous 2021 publication dates, including mine. The release date is now September 21.) Today I get to show you the cover!

I had a lot of fun creating this journal for book lovers—and I adore its cheerful cover.

Here it is!

Now for what’s on the inside. The journal’s interior was inspired by my conversations with literally thousands of readers over the years about what makes their reading life better—and what doesn’t. And, of course, by my own hands-on experience as a book lover and journaler.

You’ve been asking for a book journal like this for years, and I’m so excited to get it in your hands. I OBSESSED over the reading log pages, and so enjoyed curating seasonal reading lists, creating a beautiful habit tracker, and choosing my favorite bookish quotes, all with the goal of helping you draw more satisfaction from the books you read, and enjoy the process more.

Tracking the books you read is one of the best ways I know to improve your reading life. This journal is meant to capture the history of what you’ve read, to help you reflect on the books you are currently reading, and to help you decide on and plan for the books you want to read.

My hope is that this journal will help you both articulate your reading taste and broaden your literary horizons, and help you enjoy the process. In addition to the tracking pages, I’ve included more than 20 book lists that feature titles from a diverse assortment of authors, genres, themes, and more, as well as seasonal reading suggestions.

Bound in a sturdy (and oh so pretty) hardcover, this compact book journal fits right in your tote bag, whether you’re going to the library, to school, or to work.

I hope you’re interested in tracking your reading with My Reading Life: A Book Journal. If you’re ready, your pre-order would mean a great deal. Pre-orders determine how many copies the publisher decides to print, and impacts whether or not retailers will choose to stock it. (In other words, they matter a lot!)

Preorder from any of these places:

• Amazon
• Barnes & Noble

• Bookshop
• Books-a-Million
Book Depository

Carmichael’s Bookstore

And don’t forget about your local indie! You can pre-order wherever new books are sold.

I so hope you enjoy this reading journal, and I can’t wait to see how you use it!



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  1. Michele says:

    Congrats, Anne — it’s lovely! And to have some of your book lists right at hand — even better. Looking forward to this coming out!

  2. JiEun Lee says:

    Very exciting! But I am afraid it isn’t available to preorder in Canada yet. Couldn’t find on website 🙁 but as soon as I can click on that pre-order button, I will!

  3. Nancy Andrews says:

    Congratulations, Anne! I preordered mine, and can’t wait to start using it! I love the book lists idea. I have learned so much on this journey with MMD book club , and know this journal will teach me more!

  4. katherinehardee says:

    Congratulations Anne…the cover is lovely!! I can’t wait to have it in person. I was hoping you had something on the horizon. This is perfect for MMD fans! Pre-ordering now.

  5. Belle says:

    Pre-order in Anne! How in the world will I make it to September?? This looks like just the journal I have been looking for!

  6. Stacy says:

    Wow- congratulations! It gets released the day after my birthday. I pre-ordered today so I’ll have a nice post- birthday surprise in a few months. Can’t wait!

  7. Barbara Hogan says:

    Preorder is complete! I can see your thoughtful reading guidance in it. Such attention to detail, which I always appreciate with all things MMD. 🤗
    ?? My question is, will the journal lay flat when open? Without any “help”? Please say yes. 🤞

  8. Jean says:

    It’s so beautiful! I just pre-ordered 4 (one for me and three as gifts) although now I can think of two more readers who would enjoy it too!

  9. Emily KM says:

    Anne! Congratulations! What a pretty cover! Your book journaling freebie download is what first got me into book journaling, so I cannot wait to get my hands on this!

  10. Jennifer Monroe says:

    Just pre-ordered! I couldn’t be more excited about this! All of my worlds colliding in one beautiful place…journaling, tracking, MMD, and that gorgeous cover! Woo Hoo! Thank you for always sharing your incredible talents with the world!

  11. Amy Fink says:

    Love this! It will make a great gift for readers in my life, as well as one for myself. Love that we can preorder 🙂

  12. Debra says:

    This is so beautiful! I can’t wait! Preordering now! A question: will it have pages at the end for notes or other elements that we want to add to personalize our book journaling?

    • Anne says:

      There are not dedicated blank pages at the end, but I hope you’ll appreciate the flexibility we built into the journal. (The Amazon listing has some interior photos.)

  13. Lois Williams says:

    Will signed versions be available at your local indie? I look forward to you being able to tour again – if you come to Interabang in Dallas I can get it signed in person!

    • Anne says:

      Yes they will! I’ll be signing all the preorders coming out of Carmichael’s. I look forward to the time when I can get down to Dallas again, and finally see Texas friends new and old and Interabang!

  14. Suzanne C says:

    Preordered weeks ago! I’m glad to see the cover now- it’s so pretty. Let us know what else we can do to get the word out for you. We’re always here to support!

  15. Debra says:

    Congrats and thanks for sharing. Very excited to get it. And with a September release, it will make a great Christmas gift for the readers in my family!! Pre-ordering several from a local bookstore as soon as I know where I will be in September!

  16. Carol says:

    Beautiful cover! Can’t wait to get mine! I will save it to use for 2022, but that will give me some time to play with it first. I think I will pre-order mine with my gift card.
    Congrats on your new book!

    • Anne says:

      Please order from wherever works best for you! But if you’d like me to sign it for you, definitely order from Carmichael’s—this is my local indie and I’ll be signing all the preorders placed from them. I hope that helps you decide!

  17. Margaret Krebs says:

    Hooray! I’ve been hoping you would do something like this, Anne! You were the impetus for my starting a book journal this year (and I joined MMD Book Club shortly thereafter). I’ve pre-ordered it from my local indie bookshop and look forward to getting it in my hands in September!

  18. Patty Boten says:

    Beautiful cover Anne! So excited for this – I ordered several copies as I think it will be a wonderful gift. Thank you for helping me continue to improve my reading life over the last year. 🙂

  19. Jill Jaclin says:

    Super Exciting! I would order whatever you publish. Honestly, Anne, you could tell me you’re re-writing the dictionary and I would pre-order it. Can’t wait!

  20. Nikki says:

    Hi Anne! I’m wondering if this would be good for the young readers in my life (they’re 6 and 9, and library day is their favorite). If not, do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Anne says:

      Nikki, while a 6- and 9-year-old could use this journal, I don’t think it’s the best fit. I do know about a project in the works that will be perfect for them; I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.

  21. Anne says:

    So exciting! The bio in the images on Amazon says your dog’s name is Disney – am I wrong in thinking it was Daisy?

    • Anne says:

      You’re not wrong! Daisy was the victim of an over-eager autocorrect. The publisher is fixing it right now. Thank for looking out for my pup!

  22. OMG! I’m so excited to hear this! The cover is lovely, bur all the covers have been. I just bought the book journal by Michelle Obama and I love journals with prompts. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Congratulations to you Anne! I’m still a HUGE fan of yours!!!

  23. Janelle Carlson says:

    Congratulations Anne, it’s a beauty!! I love the brilliant colors and can’t wait to fill it up! 💁🏻‍♀️

  24. Kim K. says:

    Exactly what I’ve needed–and I can’t wait because I know your journal is going to be head and shoulders above any other reading journal out there. Rushing to preorder now!

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